All the Fall Trends, Under $100

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One of my goals this year for back to school is to try and be more put together. I totally fall into the trap of wearing workout clothes all day when I haven't seen the inside of a gym in a year. My key to this is developing a uniform. After twelve years of Catholic school, that works for me. I have a base outfit and then add accessories or trends as needed. But I live in a SMALL city so those trends have to be wearable, affordable, and easy to get at places like Old Navy and Target. If you are in the same boat, I put together a list of trends and where to get them for under $100. And I mean all of them (barring a few Fall trends that I just don't see happening in suburbia. I'm looking at you, faux fur stole.) … [Read more...]

Back to School Savings With Groupon Coupons

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post on behalf of Groupon Coupons. The best thing about the kids being back in school? Unfettered internet time. During the summer I am always frantically trying to get things done between the activites and I start to resent the presence of my chromebook. But with those extra hours I find myself actually enjoying aimlessly clicking and reading. And shopping. Which is my free time down fall. They never should have made it so easy to shop with the stored credit cards and all. But there is hope for my addiction and its name is Groupon Coupons. Groupon Coupons has the deals and discounts you are used to but for the shops you browse everyday. There are over 55,000 totally free coupons from over 8,000 retailers. How awesome is that?! Just seearch coupons by store or category (and check out new stores, there are tons to discover!) And don't forget to look for free shipping offers and in-store coupons. The best part, they have exclusive coupons that … [Read more...]

Taking the Megabus With Kids

Megabus with Kids

A special moment of #EpicRoadTrip15 was taking Desmonda Drama to NYC. Yes we took her twin too but this was Miss D's dream and when we figured out how close we were going to be, we knew we had to make it happen. Now how to do it was another issues all together. Sure we had a car. But did we really want to drive it into the city and deal with the traffic? And pay a fortune to park it? And deal with the tolls there and back? A big Hell to the NO. We figured we would take the train. How cool! How different from the Midwest! How expensive!!! I am not sure how people afford Amtrak. So then a friend suggested Megabus. Yes it was cheap but really with kids? How did it work out? Take a look and see... But I do have a few tips to make the whole thing run way more smoothly... … [Read more...]

Let’s Go Adventuring : Must Have Outdoor Apps

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So this post is partly about #EpicRoadTrip15 and partly a sponsored post by U.S. Cellular . Because there is no way we would have made it through the trip without the iPhone and the iPad. We carry these specifically to use on the trip (in addition to the girls' Kindles and our phones.) Why? Because it makes life so much simpler to have all of our apps in one place on one (or two in this case) device. I was reminded of this today as I cleaned off the iphone in preparation for the school year (yes I know it started already but short weeks don't count right?) It always makes me a little sad removing the apps from a trip. They really do enhance our experience, especially the girls'. They are the main users of the phone and it gives them an autonomy over the day and gives us a sense of security when they decide to take off across the Valley Forge battlefield faster than their old parents can run. Before we go we review our mobile use agreement so they aren't just playing Angry Birds at … [Read more...]

Avocados and Apples

Avocados and Apples

Apples and avocados seems like a mismatched pair. But when you put them together it's a true marriage of flavors. And it's the perfect combination for this time of year, when Fall is on your mind but you are still hanging onto the last days of summer. It's the best of both worlds! I first started combining the two when my girls entered Kinder a few years back. With three lunches to make (my husband gets one too), I was awash in apples. I started putting them on my cheese and avocado sandwiches and never looked back. And while sandwiches (and open faced toast) are still my go to, I have expanded to a couple of more dishes, the most perfect blend of Summer and Fall being my avocado and apple salad. This simple dish, with a side of bread, is a favorite back to school week meal of ours. I hope you enjoy it too! … [Read more...]

Pampers Premium Diapers

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This is a sponsored post through She Speaks. Over the weekend, I had the chance to attend a baby shower. Nothing makes me happier than getting to shower friends with gifts for their new little one. In addition to a few favorites, I also brought along the new Pampers Premium diapers. … [Read more...]

Big Country by U.S. Cellular

This is a sponsored post in partnership with U.S. Cellular. Can you believe that tomorrow is August 1st? Where did summer go? We've been soaking up the last days of sun and swim but like most every other parent in America, I am totally looking forward to school starting back up in a couple of weeks. One of the reasons is that I will finally have the time to write about our Epic Road Trip 2015 where we did twelve states in fourteen days. It was CRAZY but awesome. I love taking the twins on these kinds of trips, exposing them to the rest of the country. It's just so cool to be able to share experiences like sailing past the Statue of Liberty and eating crabs fresh from the dock in Maryland with them. I absolutely loved sharing the trip with friends and family on Instagram. (Check out all the pictures at https://instagram.com/explore/tags/epicroadtrip15/.) We were able to do it from Missouri to Maryland because U.S. Cellular delivers national coverage from coast to coast to … [Read more...]

Big Country With Andrew Zimmern

This is a sponsored post in partnership with U.S. Cellular. Can you believe that tomorrow is August 1st? Where did summer go? We've been soaking up the last days of sun and swim but like most every other parent in America, I am totally looking forward to school starting back up in a couple of weeks. One of the reasons is that I will finally have the time to write about our Epic Road Trip 2015 where we did twelve states in fourteen days. It was CRAZY but awesome. I love taking the twins on these kinds of trips, exposing them to the rest of the country. It's just so cool to be able to share experiences like sailing past the Statue of Liberty and eating crabs fresh from the dock in Maryland with them. I absolutely loved sharing the trip with friends and family on Instagram. (Check out all the pictures at https://instagram.com/explore/tags/epicroadtrip15/.) We were able to do it from Missouri to Maryland because U.S. Cellular delivers national coverage from coast to coast to … [Read more...]

Blogging Without A Tribe

If you are a blogger, did you ever have a post that sat inside of you until the moment was ripe to write it? After Mom 2.0 this year I wrote a never published post called "Is It Time To Say Goodbye To All This" (to someday be liked from my drafts) about how I felt beaten down by blogging and thought maybe it was time to say goodbye to all this weird blogging thing. The logic was legimiate. Blogging lost me some very important relationships IRL as we say. Family who didn't get my "voice" online and felt my honesty about parenting was just a little too much. But what stopped me from posting was this blog post from the Bon Bon Break about tribes. My voice is very small. It's honest to a fault and broken at times. It has nothing BIG to say. Instead it whispers small things in the lowest voice you can hear. It's been broken. By fellow bloggers who decided on the opinions of others who I was and then never gave me a second thought. On real life friends who said they didn't understand … [Read more...]

Wine Pairings for Dinner Parties

Hosting a dinner party always brings about the mixed feelings of pleasure and terror—pleasure at the prospect of enjoying food and drinks with your family and friends, and terror at having to ensure everything goes to plan. One thing you shouldn’t worry about is deciding what types of wine to serve alongside the various courses of your meal, as choosing the right bottle to match your food is a simple as taking a browse through this featured guide. So let’s get started with the first course! … [Read more...]